Various artists album review
Riddim Driven ~ Earth, Wind & Flames
VP Records-Walboomers Music
06 - 04 - 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3/4||Backing : 3/4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3|
Producer Rohan "Snow Cone" Fuller first attracted notable attention when he unleashed his "Rice & Peas" in 2001. His latest riddim is called "Earth, Wind & Flames", a hard driving up-tempo street beat full of hi-tech synth effects. The syncopated keyboard hits create a dizzying effect which makes that the vibe of the riddim is hard and gritty. This, and the fact that most of the songs are on a 'gangsta' tip, creates on atmosphere that is reminiscent of a movie soundtrack. Although the line up features namebrand artists such as Red Rat, Frisco Kid and Bounty Killer & Spragga Benz, this bashment selection brings us lesser known Jamaican artists like Spice, Mr. Pepper, Earth Worm, Killer Bee, Stranger & Keke-Flinte and Shane-O. It's the unknown Earth Worm who makes a good impression with "War Ah Go Jump Off" and also Mr. Pepper delivers a satisfying piece with his cut entitled "Clear". Other tracks worth of hearing are the Bounty Killer & Spragga Benz combination "Believe It Or Not", "Gun Shot In The Night" by Sugar Slick & Briggy (containing snatches of Frank Sinatra's "Strangers In The Night") and Frisco Kid's "Gimmie Ya".|
An assault of fifteen cuts across the "Earth, Wind & Flames" riddim can only be handled by the diehard dancehall fan. So be warned!!